August 30, 2012

Oh no ...

There are so many things wrong with this picture it hard to know where to begin.

This is what happens when you get a pro cyclist to run a cycle skills and safety course in Japan.  He must have arrived in full pro racer kit, on his super expensive, ultra light road bicycle to cement the impression that he's a "real" cyclist and he knows what he is doing, so listen up. One twitter follower wondered if he threw energy gels into the crowd upon arrival because, as we all know, cycling to the supermarket without the correct fuel can be disastrous.

But all that fell apart the moment he stepped off the racing bicycle and onto the mama-chari in all his helmeted and Lycra glory.  Just like Bradley Wiggins ill informed  comments about cycling safety and helmets after a cyclist was killed in an accident with an official Olympic bus, this is another example of why pro racers aren't the best people to be teaching our children about bicycle safety.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is a perfect illustration if why regular people on regular bicycles just do not need specialised cycling wear.

I found the photo quite amusing.  Share it with your friends.

2 comments:

  1. while the spandex outfit is a little goofy, the pro is on an ill fitting frame with the seatpost all the way down and super high handle bars. so that much is good. many of the kids look like beginners and beginners tend to take a lot of off-balance low speed falls, and a helmet is great for that. there's even an older kid on the far right who looks pretty comfortable with his bike and he's got his helmet in his basket.

    I don't see all that much wrong with this picture. well, the mountain bike guy does look a bit out of place...

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  2. What a crazy image. I am with you. This sends the wrong message to children.

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